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Story Touchscreen media players run Android KitKat Roy Schestowitz 09/01/2014 - 2:31am
Story An Update & Upgrade to Unit 00 Rianne Schestowitz 09/01/2014 - 1:52am
Story Linux 3.13 Kernel About To Land In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 9:56pm
Story Intel Driver Picks Up More Improvements In Linux 3.14 Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 8:47pm
Story Rollapp’s Online LibreOffice Nearly Ready for Prime Time – But Not Yet Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 8:24pm
Story Are Chromebooks hurting Apple as well as Microsoft? Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 8:08pm
Story Valve Ships An AMD Preview Driver For SteamOS Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 7:37pm
Story Where's Fedora 21 schedule? Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 7:23pm
Story KDE 4.11.5 Officially Released, Fixes over 65 Bugs Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 6:43pm
Story Linux 3.14 To Have PRIME Support For NVIDIA Tegra Rianne Schestowitz 08/01/2014 - 6:27pm

$200 Everex gPC desktop proves to be popular

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tech.blorge.com: That $200 Everex gPC that Walmart has been advertising has proven to be quite the hit in its online store, currently being out of stock but can still be picked up at select brick and mortar locations.

Compiz, Beryl, eyecandy vs. productivity. My approach to quantify interfaces

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Software

paulsdigitalworld.blogspot: Now Compiz, Beryl is all over the place and there are massive discussions about it. But I have a few doubts about it. First of all, how do we benchmark an interface, especially its efficiency. I would like to propose a few speculations.

Linux Is No Vista Killer

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Microsoft

microsoft-watch.com: My Linux-Watch colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols asks if Vista has "caught up with desktop Linux yet?" Yeah, I spit out my coffee, too.

It's Linux that has the catching up to do.

Cmdr Taco: At 10-Years Old, Slashdot Continues To Play A Role

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Web

informationweek.com/blog: It's been ten years since Slashdot emerged from Rob Malda's personal Chips & Dip site. Also known by his Slashdot signature, Cmdr Taco, Malda had an interest in developments outside the computer department at the college and started posting newsy items to his personal site on early pieces of open source code, such as Linux, little known at the time.

Inkscape and Gimp: Tracing a Cartoon Figure

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HowTos

penguin pete: This isn't really an Earth-shattering technique, but I've lucked out with it enough times to warrant a tutorial. It actually fits with the popular art-school methods for drawing a figure on paper, especially for drawing superhero-type figures.

PclinuxOS, radically simple: Plug ‘n Play

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PCLOS

byethost5.com/blog: A few weeks ago I installed PCLinuxOS for the first time and was impressed by the ease of stabilizing my internet connection and the speed of installation. Since that first day PCLinuxOS managed to surprise me several other times.

Also: PCLinuxOS — Linux for the masses

KDE4 or Bust! — Building KDE4

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HowTos

nosrednaekim.wordpress: With the release of a (somewhat) stable KDE4 Beta4, I have decided to switch from KDE3.5.8 to KDE4. I decided to compile from source following the excellent instructions on the Techbase.

Is Freespire Really Free?

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Linux

Caitlyn Martin: A while back the good folks behind Freespire, the free version of Linspire, sent me a CD with version 2.0 for me to review. I knew going in that Freespire was “free as in free beer." For those of us who are not free software purists Freespire does have one compelling feature.

Save the output of a command in a logfile

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HowTos

nixcraft: You can use logsave command to save the output of a command in a logfile. General syntax is as follows: logsave /path/to/logfile command-name argument(s)

dd: The Great Destroyer and Creator

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Software

the distrogue: Buried deep in the Linux man pages is a command called dd. You know how short commands like cat, ps, grep, rm or mv are really powerful? dd owns all of them. It copies data between block files- image files or device files.

An interview with Tomosaur

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: People converge on Ubuntu (and the forums) from many different directions. Some are artists, some are technically-minded, and some are both. Tomosaur is a coder and musician who is usually found in the programming venues but, as you can see, has many other facets to his personality.

Howto make partition changes visible to the kernel without reboot

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debianadmin.com: Many system administrators may be in the habit of re-booting their systems to make partition changes visible to the kernel. With Linux, this is not usually necessary. The partprobe command, from the parted package, informs the kernel about changes to partitions.

Mandriva 2008 Powerpack

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MDV

ReviewLinux.Com: Mandriva 2008 Powerpack is a commercial Linux product built by Mandriva. They provide the Linux Community with a free version but today I will take a look at Powerpack. Mandriva 2008 Powerpack is easy to install and configure and I hope you enjoy this quick look at this excellent Linux OS.

Desktop OS- Vista vs. Linux

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OS

zerias.blogspot: A couple months back several vendors initiated a Vista to Xp crossgrade. Basically, if a customer ordered a computer and it came with Vista installed, the customer could get an Xp license instead. Novell claimed several months back in a video ad that Desktop Linux users accounted for upwards of 30,000,000 different people.

Intuit slow on Quicken and Quickbooks for Linux

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itwire: Linux desktop users looking for good financial software to run natively can forget about Quicken and Quickbooks. One glance at Intuit's website should be enough to convince even devout users a port to Linux desktops is a long way off and a Linux version of Quicken is not even on the radar. So what are the alternatives?

Debfoster: Remove a package and its dependencies

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DPotD: Debfoster exists to tell you which packages are installed on your machine merely as dependencies for other packages. It then gives you the option of removing the package and its dependencies. Debfoster is most useful to keep your system very lean.

RHEL / CentOS Support 4GB or more RAM ( memory )

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HowTos

nixcraft: If you have 4 GB or more RAM use the Linux kernel compiled for PAE capable machines. Your machine may not show up total 4GB ram. All you have to do is install PAE kernel package.

Too many free operating systems? I don't think so.

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Linux

nuxified.org/blog: Some people say that there are too many GNU/Linux distributions, too many people just doing their own instead of joining an existing effort. Why would we want to do that when we already have a cathedral, the one we escaped from?

Why is there no Open Source SLES ?

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SUSE

dag.wieers.com/blog: "Why is there no SLES alternative distribution ?". Given all the benefits a free Enterprise Linux brings to Red Hat, Novell must be eager to want to tap into this resource, right ?

Fedora 8 Review

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Linux

dvd-guides.com: A new release of Redhat-sponsored Fedora is always in the headlines of the Linux world as it is one of those distributions that push Linux forward by introducing exciting new features. I have used Fedora 7 for about 4 months myself until I moved over to Arch Linux so in this review I will try to point out what has been improved other the older versions.

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GNOME News: Black Lab Drops GNOME and Further GNOME Experiments in Meson

  • Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Drops GNOME 3 for MATE Desktop
    Coming about two weeks after the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11, which is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system using the HWE (hardware enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 appears to be an unexpected maintenance update addressing a few important issues reported by users lately.
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  • Further experiments in Meson
    Meson is definitely getting more traction in GNOME (and other projects), with many components adding support for it in parallel to autotools, or outright switching to it. There are still bugs, here and there, and we definitely need to improve build environments — like Continuous — to support Meson out of the box, but all in all I’m really happy about not having to deal with autotools any more, as well as being able to build the G* stack much more quickly when doing continuous integration.

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Debian and Derivatives

  • Reproducible Builds: week 108 in Stretch cycle
  • Debuerreotype
    The project is named “Debuerreotype” as an homage to the photography roots of the word “snapshot” and the daguerreotype process which was an early method of taking photographs. The essential goal is to create “photographs” of a minimal Debian rootfs, so the name seemed appropriate (even if it’s a bit on the “mouthful” side).
  • The end of Parsix GNU/Linux
    The Debian-based Parsix distribution has announced that it will be shutting down six months after the Debian "Stretch" release.
  • Privacy-focused Debian 9 'Stretch' Linux-based operating system Tails 3.0 reaches RC status
    If you want to keep the government and other people out of your business when surfing the web, Tails is an excellent choice. The Linux-based operating system exists solely for privacy purposes. It is designed to run from read-only media such as a DVD, so that there are limited possibilities of leaving a trail. Of course, even though it isn't ideal, you can run it from a USB flash drive too, as optical drives have largely fallen out of favor with consumers. Today, Tails achieves an important milestone. Version 3.0 reaches RC status -- meaning the first release candidate (RC1). In other words, it may soon be ready for a stable release -- if testing confirms as much. If you want to test it and provide feedback, you can download the ISO now.